The event features some reflections from city ambassador Kate Adie and screening of the full film that uses footage from the 1900s to the present day.
Created in partnership between the City Council and the North East Film Archive, the screening launches the Sunderland Literature Festival (www.sunderland.gov.uk/
It is being screened on Friday 2 October at 7pm, following Kate Adie’s reflections of life in her home city. The film traces the social, economic and cultural history of Sunderland as it grew to become a city.
Subject to further public demand and enquiries, the council is examining the idea of organising a second public screening after the 250 tickets sold-out.
Councilllor John Kelly, the City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, said: “We all know that people across our city have a great interest in their culture, their history and their heritage. The sell-out is a perfect example of that interest.
“As the festival gets underway, there’s plenty more activities and events that people can enjoy. And, we’ve begun looking at another date and event where people could come and see the film if the demand is there for a second screening. We hope to update on that news very soon.”
The film is nearly an hour-long and includes landmark moments such as Royal and Presidential visits, the opening of the Nissan plant and Sunderland AFC’s historic 1973 FA Cup win. These are alongside glimpses of how aspects of everyday life such as fashion, transport and how the architectural landscape has changed over the decades.
A short trailer of ‘Sunderland on Film’ is available to view on Sunderland City Council’s YouTube page (www.sunderland.gov.uk/on-film